Cultural Affairs/ Distinguished Lecture Series
Project Abstract/ Summary
Spring Awakening is a rock musical adaptation of the controversial 1891 German play of the same title by Frank Wedekind. It features music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. Set in late-l9th century Germany, it concerns teenagers who are discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality. The original play was banned in Germany for some time due to its frank portrayal of abortion, homosexuality, rape, child abuse and suicide. In the musical, alternative rock is employed as part of the folk-infused rock score. Spring Awakening received eleven 2007 Tony Award nominations, winning eight, including Tonys for best musical, direction, book, score and featured actor. The show also won four Drama Desk Awards, while its London production won four Olivier Awards. (Wikipedia) With the re-in-statement of the Theatre Major, we thought it important to do a show that really appeals to the college age audience. As much as that is true, Spring Awakening is a musical that has rather wide appeal, despite its grim outlook on life. A testament to that is its successful run on Broadway, the subsequent tour, and the many awards that it has received.
School of Performing Arts, "Spring Awakening: the Musical" (2012). Cultural Affairs Distinguished Lecture Series. 284.